10 Positive Health Trends Around The World

Reposted – Positive Trends Around the World

Positive Trends
10 Short Summaries of Top Stories 

Confounding expectations, global hunger is down
4 November 2012 – Here’s some surprising good news: Despite sustained drought across some of the world’s bread baskets, despite the widespread impact of global warming and a destabilizing rise in global food prices — and despite continuing population growth — hunger has decreased over the past two decades. The number of the world’s people living with hunger has dropped by 132 million, or from nearly 19 per cent of the world’s population in the early 1990s to 12.5 per cent last year, a new report by the World Food Programme and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization finds. (more)

US study: Removing trays from dining halls cuts food waste
4 November 2012 – University students eating at one buffet-style dining hall produced less food waste when the facility removed the trays students had used to carry food, a new study has found. At the single facility, researchers estimated the switch away from using trays saved about 25 total pounds of solid food waste at each lunch and dinner meal. It may also have encouraged students to eat less — although the study team didn’t measure food consumption before and after the change. (more)

Canada: Commuter cycling up 25 per cent in Metro Vancouver – TransLink
3 November 2012 – Across Metro Vancouver, more residents are choosing to beat the traffic by biking. Bicycle commuting is up more than 25 per cent since 2008, according to a new survey by TransLink released during Bike to Work Week, which ends Friday. The transit authority found that commuters across the region were making a total of 106,500 bike trips a day — more than half of them to and from work, according to the latest data from fall 2011. (more)

US: Biking, hiking trails linked in Kentucky
3 November 2012 – Two trails are being connected in south-central Kentucky allowing bicyclists and hikers to travel the route of the old Mammoth Cave Railroad from Park City to the Mammoth Cave visitor centre. Mammoth Cave National Park says the Kentucky Transportation Department linked the trails by including a lane for bicycles and hikers in its reconstruction of the Interstate 65 underpass at Exit 48. The connection links the nine-mile Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail and the one-mile Park City Bicycle and Walking Path. (more)

Europe’s in love with cycling
2 November 2012 – From London’s ‘cycle superhighways’ to popular bike-sharing programmes in Paris and Barcelona, growing numbers of European cities are embracing cycling as a safe, clean, healthy, inexpensive, and even trendy way to get around town. Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and the Danish capital, Copenhagen, are the pioneers of this movement, and serve as role models for other cities considering cycling’s potential to reduce congestion and pollution, while contributing to public health. (more)

Breastfeeding best for Bangladesh
30 October 2012 – Bangladesh’s achievement in raising exclusive breastfeeding rates for infants under six months from 43 per cent to 64 per cent, over the last five years, is said to be the result of a determined campaign by government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In 2010, Bangladesh enforced a directive for extending maternal leave to six months from the previous four for working women to allow them to exclusively breastfeed their newborn. (more)

Slimmer future for heavy kids who get help early – European studies
29 October 2012 – Weight-loss programmes can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to two European studies. In one study, which appeared in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, scientists in the Netherlands found that heavy three- to five-year-olds saw continued benefits from a weight-loss intervention at least several months after it ended. A report from Sweden showed that overweight and obese children under 10 were much more likely to have slower weight gain than were adolescents getting similar behavioural treatments. (more)

US study: Heart attacks drop from smoke-free workplace
29 October 2012 – Heart attacks dropped by one-third in one county in Minnesota after two smoke-free workplace ordinances went into place, a new study shows. The lead researcher on the work said that decline was likely due to less secondhand smoke exposure in restaurants and bars, as smoke can trigger heart problems due to its effects on arteries and blood clotting. Other studies have also suggested smoke-free workplace laws could impact heart attack rates. (more)

Plant compounds tied to less stomach cancer in women: European study
28 October 2012 – According to a European study, getting a moderate amount of plant substances called flavonoids through food may be linked to a lower stomach cancer risk in women. The researchers, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that women with the highest intake of flavonoids were half as likely to develop stomach cancer as women who had the smallest intake. (more)

Women smokers who quit by 30 ‘evade earlier death risks’ – UK study
27 October 2012 – Women who give up smoking by the age of 30 will almost completely avoid the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases, according to a study of more than a million women in the UK. Lead researcher Prof Sir Richard Peto, from Oxford University stated, ‘Stopping works, amazingly well actually. Smoking kills, stopping works, and the earlier you stop the better.’ (more)

Peoria Unified School District Looks to Improve Employee Health

The Peoria Unified School District (PUSD) held a health and wellness fair for their employees a week ago on October 18, 2012.  Faced with rising health care premiums and wanting to keep as many resources in the classroom as possible, PUSD has increased its efforts to reach out to employees and improve their health.  The health fair was well attended and included:

  • The Kidney Trust – Performed over screenings for early kidney disease detection;
  • United Healthcare (UHC) provided diabetes screening (A1-C testing) through their DCPA program;
  • Delta Dental provided information on dental hygiene, maintenance and coverage;
  • VSP (Vision Service Plan) provided information on proper vision care and coverage;
  • Walgreens – Flu vaccines;
  • Abundant Health Chiropractic provided stress relief exercises and instruction on proper posture and alignment;
  • Cholesterol Checks;
  • Blood Pressure checks;
  • B-12 Shots;
  • Solis Women’s Health, provided informatin on breast cancer screenings;
  • The Dairy Council;
  • Mobile On-site Mammography Unit (MOM);
  • Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) helped plan and set up the event and was there to explain benefits.

PUSD employees benefit from free preventive care.  Identify early cases of kidney disease, colon cancer, diabetes, breast cancer, cholesterol issues, and related problems can save up to $150,000 per employee early detected, as well as saving their lives and the suffering of loved ones.  It is also a way to retain quality teachers and staff while reducing days missed for illness.  By keeping employees healthy and employing early detection, everyone wins.  The employees, the students, the district, and the taxpayers.

The screenings were very successful in identifying several unknown health conditions which will pay dividends both in saved funding, but more importantly, better health outcomes for those involved.

Congratulations to Peoria Unified School District (PUSD)!







Top Ten Smart Foods

Top Ten Smart Foods

Certain foods are especially good at protecting the brain, nerve cells and blood vessels from the damage of aging.

By Carlin Flora, published on February 12, 2004 – last reviewed on June 30, 2009

Crossword puzzles alone won’t save your brain and protect it from aging, though they will help. So will the right foods. Some edibles are especially good at protecting the brain’s delicate nerve cells and blood vessels from the damage that accompanies aging. Most of them squelch free radicals, the renegade oxygen molecules spun off as the brain goes about the business of the mind. Most of the foods that are smartest for the brain are also good for the heart because both rely on a steady oxygen supply. The risks for cardiovascular disease correlate with risks for cognitive decline.

  • BlueberriesSweet wild blueberries are bursting with antioxidants, which mop up nasty free radicals. Studies of rats show that a blueberry-rich diet improves memory and motor skills and reverses age-related declines in balance and coordination. Chemicals in blueberries affect the contractile machinery of arteries, and therefore have a good affect on blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can damage delicate blood vessels in the brain and can lead to strokes.

  • Dark Leafy GreensChemicals called homocysteines are a normal part of protein metabolism, but high levels are linked with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease(as well as heart disease), which accounts for most cases of dementia in the U.S. According to Katherine Tucker, director of the dietary assessment research program at the Human Nutrition Research Center of Aging, “homocysteine has a toxic effect on arterial walls, and oxidation corrodes the arterial walls too, which makes them a bad combination.” In order to break themselves down, homocysteines require folate and B12 or B6, vitamins found in vegetables like collard greens and swiss chard.
  • Salmon, Sardines, and HerringFatty fish are full of neuroprotective omega-3 fatty acids. Higher levels of omega-3 in the blood go hand-in-hand with higher levels of serotonin, a mood-enhancing brain chemical. A study from the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago found that people who eat at least one fish meal a week are significantly less likely to end up with Alzheimer’s disease than those who regularly eschew fish. Because a fish diet aids communication between nerve cells, studies have shown its positive effect on learning acquisition and memory performance.
  • SpinachResearch has finally caught up with mom’s advice: Spinach turns out to be full of antioxidant power. James Joseph, chief of the Neurosciences Laboratory of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, finds spinach beneficial in slowing down age-related problems in the central nervous system and cognitive deficits. A salad with spinach has more than three times the amount of folate than one with iceberg lettuce.
  • Red Wine, or, better yet, Grape JuiceDrinking red wine in moderation increases longevity. But since alcohol slows down the brain’s ability to function properly, grape juice may be a smarter beverage choice. Research from James Joseph shows that concord grape juice significantly improves short-term memory and motor skills. It’s not just the heavy dose of antioxidants. Joseph believes that grape juice increases production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Concord grape juice has the highest total antioxidant level of any fruit, vegetable or juice tested.
  • Whole Grains and Brown RiceOne of the best things you can do to improve intake of nutrients is to switch to brown rice. It’s filled with vitamins and magnesium, which seems to be important to cognitive health. Whole grains contain vitamin B6, which aids in reducing homocysteine levels. Americans often don’t get enough vitamin B6, because they mostly eat processed foods.
  • Hot CocoaWarm up with hot cocoa to help your brain as well as your frostbitten fingers. Chang Young Lee, professor of food chemistry at Cornell University, found that the antioxidant content of two tablespoons of pure cocoa powder is “almost two times stronger than red wine, two to three times stronger than green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea.” The antioxidants in hot cocoa protect brain cells from oxidativestress that can lead to Alzheimer’s and other disorders.
  • Nuts, Notably Almonds and WalnutsAdding to their party-mix appeal, nuts are rich in antioxidants and have been found to lower blood cholesterol levels. A Harvard study showed that women who ate more than five ounces of nuts per week had a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who ate an ounce or less. And, they don’t contribute to weight gain as much as other kinds of fatty foods. Walnuts are rich in omega-3s.
  • Olive OilA staple of the highly touted “Mediterranean Diet,” olive oil contains the potent antioxidants called polyphenols. Olive oil has been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The extra-virgin variety is best.
  • GarlicThis pungent herb fends off aging via its antioxidant properties. It also contains strong antibacterial and antiviral compounds that help shake off stress-induced colds and infections. Raw, crushed garlic is best; cooked garlic is less powerful but still benefits the cardiovascular system.

    reposted from Psychology Today

Chandler Unified School District Holds Successful Health Fair

Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) has a long history of providing communication and wellness programs for their staff and students to improve their health and lifestyle choices.  Focusing on proper nutrition, regular exercise, screenings and regular preventive care has helped them post some of the lowest costs for health care among all Arizona school districts.

The CUSD Wellness Expo was held on October 16, 2012 and was a resounding success.  Cathy Giza, Director of Food & Nutrition for CUSD, along with her wellness team designed a well-organized even.  In conjunction with their membership in the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) they were able to provide representatives from many different employee benefit organizations, perform screenings and provide instruction on wellness.  The event was held in the cafeteria of one of the CUSD campuses to prevent extra costs.


The following are some of the services and presenters at the CUSD Wellness Expo:

Cathy Giza, Director of Food Services, CUSD The following services and presenters are a partial list of those available at the CUSD Wellness Expo:The 

  • Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) – Providing information on the Wellstyles Program and PREP Program (both currently utilized by Chandler USD);
  • The Kidney Trust – Performed over 178 Screenings for early kidney disease detection;
  • United Healthcare (UHC) provided diabetes screening (A1-C testing) thru their DCPA program;
  • Delta Dental provided information on dental hygiene, maintenance and coverage;
  • VSP (Vision Service Plan) provided information on proper vision care and coverage;
  • Walgreens – Flu vaccines;
  • Abundant Health Chiropractic provided stress relief exercises and instruction on proper posture and alignment;
  • Cholesterol Checks;
  • Blood Pressure checks;
  • B-12 Shots;
  • Solis Women’s Health, provided informatin on breast cancer screenings;
  • Sarabelle the Tooth Fairy from Delta Dental Foundation appeared to stress good dental hygiene;
  • The Dairy Council;
  • Mobile On-site Mammography Unit (MOM);
  • Visiting Angels;
  • The Trust, which provides information on workers’ compensation issues;
  • Dental One provided information on dental coverage’
  • The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) was on hand to answer questions for those nearing the transition from the workforce to retirement;
  • Yummy Food provided nutritional advice on healthy eating;
  • Lifestyle Chiropractic provided information on proper back, spine and muscle care; and
  • The Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease provided information on health risks from unhealthy lifestyles.

A computer lab was available for attendees to take the UHC Health Risk Assessment.   This handy and confidential tool provides people with the opportunity to identify areas for improvement in their health and living choices and to remind them of any screenings or tests that they are due to receive.

A variety of classes during the event included; food and nutrition, healthy relationships, reducing stress, Zumba, Yoga, financial planning, and retirement planning.  Keynote speakers included UHC’s Cheyenne Autumn, a wellness expert who spoke about “The Value of Laughter.”

Cheyenne Autumn


Dr. Michelle May presented “Mindful Eating”.   Dr. May is the author of “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle.‘  You can learn more at www.AmIHungry.com and download Chapter 1 of her book free at: www.AmIHungry.com/eat-what-you-love-book.shtml.

Dr. Michelle May

Chandler USD Food Service demonstrated how to build your own parfait yogurt bar, as well as provided wheat pizza, turkey burgers, a variety of soups, muffins, fruits, salad bar, coffee and water.  Their team of trained nutritionists showed which foods employees can eat that are satisfying, tasty, and yet healthier than regular choices that are often made.

Darlene Kracht, Account Manager at VSEBT, said, “Once again CUSD has demonstrated their commitment to the health and wellness of their employees.  This commitment has certainly paid dividends in lower health care costs over time, and in healthier, happier employees.”

Darlene Kracht, Account Manager, VSEBT



BASIC offers FREE Healthcare Reform and COBRA Webinar Updates

BASIC is a company that does outstanding work in managing your COBRA notifications, premiums, FMLA and keeping up with the very latest in health care laws and regulations.  I was lucky enough in the past to employ Linda Wurzelbacher, President,  BASIC Western USA, Inc., in the past as a vendor and she did an outstanding job.  They work with a number of local governments in Arizona and throughout the nation, including the purchasing cooperative agreements through Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) run by Andrea Billings and Tom Boone.

Here is a recent email they sent out, offering free webinars.  I would highly encourage you to avail yourself of this opportunity to receive information at no costs to you.  Pardon the poor formatting from re-posting the email.

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BASIC helps you stay abreast of the ever-evolving laws in part through our monthly webinars. They are free to everyone.


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We will examine the changes resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Larry will cover the requirements taking effect this year as well as in 2013, 2014 and 2015.



Presented by Larry Grudzien, JD, LLM

Lawrence (Larry) Grudzien, JD, LLM is an attorney practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits. He has experience in dealing with qualified plans, health and welfare, fringe benefits and executive compensation areas. He has more than 26 years experience in employee benefit law.




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We will cover a wide range of COBRA topics including: what is COBRA, what is gross misconduct, initial notification, qualified benefits, employer termination of COBRA, election notice, and more.


Presented by Larry Grudzien, JD, LLM

Lawrence (Larry) Grudzien, JD, LLM is an attorney practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits. He has experience in dealing with qualified plans, health and welfare, fringe benefits and executive compensation areas. He has more than 26 years experience in employee benefit law.




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Enjoyment of life ‘key to living longer’

reposted from BBC News

Enjoyment of life ‘key to living longer’

By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and family reporter

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The study suggested those who were physically active remained healthy longer.
Those who enjoy life the most are three times more likely to live a little longer than those who enjoy it the least, a study of ageing suggests.

University College London researchers’ study of 10,000 English people also suggested future disability and poor health could be predicted by the state of a person’s mind.

The team said the effects were “large” and independent of age, sex and wealth.

Happiness could be used to spot people at risk of ill health, they added.

Researchers tracked the psychological well-being of 10,000 people aged 50 to 100 over nine years as part of the university’s English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

They interviewed the participants three times between 2002 and 2011, assessing them using three measures of psychological well-being and testing their enjoyment of life with a series of questions.

They found that those recorded as having the greatest enjoyment of life at first interview were more likely than other participants to still be alive nine or 10 years later.

‘Greater enjoyment’

“The difference between those who enjoyed life the most and those who enjoyed life the least was marked, with nearly three times more people dying in the lower than greater enjoyment group,” the study said.

Prof Andrew Steptoe, who led this part of the research, said: “What we have found is over a nine year period that about 20% of people will pass away during this time.

“What we found is that out of those people in the highest third of people with the most enjoyment, 9.9% died. Of people in the lowest third of enjoyment 28.8% of them died.

“This was the case even when factors such as age were taken into account, we still find this protective effect of enjoyment.”

‘Socially isolated’

Prof Steptoe said this could be happening because the kind of people who are happy are the kind who take care of themselves and are therefore quite healthy.

He also suggested that people of a happy disposition were less stressed.

And he also suggested that environmental factors, such as strong social networks, could be at play.

The report also found that one in six people in England aged over 50 were socially isolated.

The Elsa research team, which comprises researchers from UCL, NatCen Social Research, the University of Manchester, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found the wealthier over-50s were half as likely to become socially isolated than the least wealthy.

Eggs – Healthy to Eat?

Eggs were for a long time considered terrible for you because of the cholesterol.  While it is true they are high in cholesterol, more recent studies show that the cholesterol they contain is not absorbed completely by humans, reducing the risk.  Still further studies show they may be healthy for you.  The studies are mixed, but in the interest of showing the positive side which is either the small end or the big end if you are from Lilliput…  Here is a recent study.


Scramble back to eggs! Forget those high cholesterol warnings, they’re healthier than ever, say experts

UPDATED: 05:39 EST, 14 February 2011


Good egg: The high cholesterol content which previously made eggs a health risk is now much lower compared to ten years agoGood egg: The high cholesterol content which previously made eggs a health risk is now much lower compared to ten years ago

If you’re eyeing up your breakfast options and fancy going to work on an egg, there’s no need to hold back.

For after years of telling us to shun them as an everyday food, the health police now say that eggs have become better for us.

The cholesterol content of eggs – which was previously believed to be a health risk – is now much lower compared with ten years ago, a study  suggests.

Eggs also contain more vitamin D, which helps protect the bones, preventing diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets.

The reason eggs have become more nutritious over the past decade is that hens are no longer fed bone meal, which was banned in the Nineties following the BSE crisis, the researchers claim. Instead the birds are normally given a mixture of wheat, corn and high-protein formulated feed, which makes their eggs more wholesome.

A U.S. government study found that modern eggs contain 13 per cent less cholesterol and 64 per cent more vitamin D compared with a decade ago.

This is backed by British research which shows that a medium-sized egg contains about 100mg of cholesterol, a third of the 300mg recommended daily limit.

Hen diet: Researchers claim that the reason that eggs have become so nutritious in the past decade is that hens eat more healthily since bone meal was banned in the 1990s following the BSE crisisHen diet: Researchers claim that the reason that eggs have become so nutritious in the past decade is that hens eat more healthily since bone meal was banned in the 1990s following the BSE crisis

Andrew Joret, deputy chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, whose firm Noble Foods made the findings, said: ‘We believe the reduction is due to changes in the feeds used in British plants since the Nineties when the use of bone meal was banned.’

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Two years ago Canadian researchers claimed that eggs actually helped lower blood pressure.

They suggested that when eggs are digested they produce proteins that mimic the action of powerful blood pressure-lowering drugs, known as Ace inhibitors.

A recent Surrey University study found eating one or two eggs for breakfast could help with weight loss as the high protein content makes us feel fuller longer.

The study, which involved volunteers eating two eggs a day for 12 weeks, also found that none had raised cholesterol.

In the Sixties many Britons ate up to five eggs a day but by the Nineties this had dropped to two or three a week – in part due to warnings about high cholesterol levels.

Charles Saatchi, husband of TV chef Nigella Lawson, recently claimed to have lost five stone by eating eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1356614/Eggs-Forget-high-cholesterol-warnings-theyre-healthier-ever.html#ixzz29XqDYi00
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Can New Bra Detect Breast Cancer?

Bra Detects Breast Cancer: ‘First Warning Systems’ Bra Uses Sensors To Detect Tumors

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 10/16/2012 2:24 pm EDT Updated: 10/16/2012 4:47 pm EDT

Imagine being able to detect the first signs of breast cancer simply by putting on a bra.

For the past 20 years, Lifeline Biotechnologies has been developing and testing a “smart bra” called First Warning Systems, that it claims provides accurate screening for breast tissue abnormalities.

First Warning Systems says that three trials have shown the bra can detect abnormalities with a 90% and higher accuracy rating in women of all ages. According to SmartPlanet.com, if the bra sees more success in the trial stage, the company will be ready to sell it in Europe next year and the U.S. in 2014. The website said the retail price would be around $1,000.

First Warning Systems claims this new technology will reduce false positives, which are currently between 50-60% using other detection methods.

One in eight women, just under 12% of the U.S. population, will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Last year alone, 230,480 new invasive breast cancer cases were diagnosed in women.

According to Lifeline, sports bra-like material is encased with sensitive sensors that can detect small changes in temperature in breast tissue. The self-exam bra is worn close to the body for the testing period, at the end of which the sensors are capable of sending collected data to the Internet to be analyzed by “sophisticated algorithms,” results of which are then sent to the user’s personal device.

“As tissues transition from normal to hyperplasia, to atypical hyperplasia, to cancer in-situ to, to invasive cancer they develop their own distinct thermal finger print and can be compared with normal tissue temperature,” according to the company’s website.

According to the Susan G. Komen foundation, the majority of mammograms that do detect abnormal tissues eventually turn out to be false positives, resulting in a waste of time and money (and grief).

Other early detection tools for breast cancer have been developing over the years, from 3D MRI imaging to a technique known as thermography, which has been condemned by the FDA. Consumers are warned not trust thermography companies over other recommended breast cancer screening tests.

100 Natural Ways to Overcome Anxiety

100 Natural Ways to Overcome Anxiety

By Tara Miller

The fast-paced lifestyle that so many lead today has resulted in a generation of individuals with high anxiety. Whether you suffer from occasional panic attacks or spend most of your day worrying, anxiety doesn’t have to be a part of your life. Skip the potentially addictive anti-anxiety medications and give these natural methods a try. With tips ranging from reducing stress to aromatherapy to changes in nutrition, you will find plenty of great natural ideas to try to reduce your anxiety.

Stress Reduction

A major source of anxiety is the stress that creeps up through daily living. Take these suggestions to reduce stress and help eliminate anxiety.

  1. Let go of control. Learn to accept that some things are beyond your ability to control. Once this expectation is gone, you will likely discover a reduction of your stress.
  2. Do one thing at a time. Slow down and stop multitasking. Doing one thing at a time will reduce stress and allow you to perform each task more efficiently.
  3. Learn to say “no”. Turning away what you don’t have time to do will free you from obligations that will end up hanging over your head.
  4. Emotions. Keep in touch with your emotions. Pretending you don’t have feelings of anger, sadness, or loneliness will just push these feeling down until they come back out in negative ways.
  5. Let go of anger. Don’t hold on to anger or grudges. Instead, learn how to let go so you can focus on more positive things.
  6. Identify stressors. Realize what makes you feel stressed and do something to change them. If watching the news makes you stressed, turn it off. If driving in traffic raises your blood pressure, then find ways to change or delay driving so you aren’t in traffic.
  7. Learn time management techniques. Organizing your time and energy will help you complete tasks more efficiently and clear the way for less stress in your life.
  8. Make time for yourself. Making sure you carve out some time for yourself every day will not only give you time to do something you enjoy, but will help you relax as well.
  9. Journal. Identify stressors or just get out those negative feelings you may not want to tell other people with a private journal.
  10. Find your sense of humor. Learning to laugh at life and finding the joy every day will go a long way to reducing stress.


Herbal medicine has been around for centuries. Take the advice of generations past and try these natural cures for your anxiety.

  1. Passionflower. Passionflower has been used for hundreds of years as a natural anxiety reliever and for insomnia. In 2001 a study showed that it was as effective as a popular anti-anxiety medication.
  2. Valerian root. Used for centuries as both a sleeping aid and as an aid for anxiety, many people rely on valerian root for relief.
  3. Chamomile. A popular tea, drinking chamomile will help reduce anxiety.
  4. Kava Kava. This plant from the South Pacific is frequently used to treat anxiety. However, those with liver problems should avoid using this herb.
  5. St. John’s Wort. Used for centuries, this herb helps combat anxiety and depression, as well as relieve muscle aches and reduce inflammation.
  6. Verbena. Also known as wild hyssop or vervain, this herb is often used to help those suffering from anxiety and depression.
  7. Skullcap. Help your nervous tension subside by trying skullcap as a tea or in one of its many other forms.
  8. Cowslip. Anxiety is just one of the many disorders this herb helps to heal.
  9. Lemon balmLemon balm helps reduce anxiety, especially when used with other calming herbs such as chamomile.
  10. Hops. Used to help cure anxiety and restlessness, hops is generally combined with passionflower, chamomile, or valerian root.


From acupuncture to hydrotherapy, find a natural way to help your body heal the effects of anxiety.

  1. Acupuncture. Acupuncture generally leaves people feeling relaxed and calm and is an excellent way to control anxiety.
  2. Biofeedback. Becoming aware of your physical responses to anxiety and learning how to control them is an excellent therapy for those suffering from anxiety.
  3. Hypnotherapy. Anxiety can be successfully managed through a variety of hypnosis techniques.
  4. Craniosacral therapy. Reducing anxiety is among one of the many benefits of focusing attention to the skull and base of the spine through craniosacral therapy.
  5. Polarity therapy. This integrated approach to healing is often helpful for relieving anxiety and includes soft touch and assessment of energy balance.
  6. Color therapy. Using color and light to balance energy, this therapy is helpful in restoring balance and calm.
  7. Crystal therapy. Many people believe in the healing properties of specific stones or crystals. Try rose quartz if you suffer from anxiety.
  8. Bioelectromagnetic therapy. The manipulation of magnetic and electromagnetic fields as a source of natural healing has also been used to successfully reduce anxiety by reducing muscle tension.
  9. Hydrotherapy. Relaxing in a hot bath is an excellent way to sooth anxiety. Add herbs or essential oils to enhance the hydrotherapy experience.
  10. Reiki. Reiki is a treatment that transfers energy from the practitioner to the client and works to aid in healing and restoring the mind and spirit.

Body Work

Just about everyone can appreciate the relaxing qualities of massage, but that isn’t the only type of body work that can help reduce anxiety. Find out what else you can try from this list.

  1. Massage. Getting a massage produces deep relaxation and calms the body. Massage also eliminates toxins in the body, leaving you feeling better physically as well as mentally.
  2. Shiatsu. Working along the same premise as acupuncture, shiatsu involves using hands and fingers on acupressure points to bring about positive healing effects and relaxation.
  3. Reflexology. Typically reflexology focuses on feet and hands, but this technique with the ears can help eliminate anxiety, too.
  4. Thai Yoga Bodywork. Those who have experience Thai Yoga Bodywork love the relaxing and restorative feelings that result.
  5. Healing Touch. The gentle work of a Healing Touch therapy session is reportedly anexcellent treatment for anxiety and depression.
  6. Therapeutic TouchThis form of therapy, frequently used by nurses, shows promise of reducing anxiety in certain patient groups such as burn victims and those with cancer.
  7. Myofascial trigger therapy. Working similarly to acupuncture, this type of body work that involves deep tissue pressure on specific points, can result in many of the same relaxing feelings gained from acupuncture.
  8. Alexander therapy. Learn how to perform daily tasks without the resulting muscle tension and pain that is so common with the Alexander Technique. For those with anxiety, loosening tight muscles can bring a noticeable difference.
  9. Watsu. This easy manipulation of the body in warm water brings about relaxation and a general sense of well-being.
  10. Trager work. This body work is based on the work of Dr. Milton Trager and works on the premise that through physical and emotional stress, people will teach their bodies to become stiffened. By loosening the body and unlearning the habits, the patients feel better physically and emotionally.

Mind/Body Techniques

From Tai Chi to meditation to exercise, follow these suggestions for ways to strengthen the connection between your mind and body to reduce anxiety.

  1. Yoga. An excellent way to get exercise, center your mind, and find calm, yoga is a great choice for beating anxiety.
  2. Tai Chi. This popular body movement exercise is excellent for anxiety and depression and is gentle enough for people of any age to enjoy.
  3. Self-hypnosis. Try this simple technique to see if it reduces the anxiety in your life.
  4. Sleep. Getting enough good quality sleep each night is important to help manage anxiety. Be sure you follow a routine with consistent bedtime and waking times and don’t drink caffeine or alcohol before bed.
  5. Meditation. Set aside a few minutes every day for quiet meditation. The negative thoughts that accompany anxiety are quieted through meditation.
  6. Breathing. The deep, relaxing form of breathing used during yoga practice can bring benefits to your mental health.
  7. Exercise. Getting regular exercise is not only good for your body, but it also helps keep your brain in good shape. Many professionals recommend getting regular exercise each day to combat anxiety and stress.
  8. Qi Gong. This ancient Chinese practice can help you reduce anxiety. Read these tipsto find out how.
  9. Isolation tank. Those who have undergone the remarkable experience of floating in an isolation tank report a huge reduction in stress and anxiety.
  10. Guided imagery. Learn how to engage your senses to bring about a feeling of calm and promote healing with this powerful technique.


Aromatherapy involves using the essential oils from plants and adding them to massage oil, bath water, in a room diffuser, or even inhaling from a tissue. Try these essential oils to find a scents to help you relax.

  1. BergamotBergamot is good for raising self confidence as well as soothing frustration.
  2. Lavender. A popular scent for relaxation and soothing anxious nerves, lavender is an excellent essential oil to reduce anxiety.
  3. Jasmine. To reduce fear and help eliminate pessimism, jasmine is an excellent choice.
  4. FrankincenseThis scent slows down breathing, produces a sense of calm, and sooths anxious or obsessive feelings.
  5. Lime. Lime is refreshing and uplifting and works to combat anxiety and depression.
  6. Patchouli. Frequently used against anxiety and depression, patchouli helps put you in touch with your physical self.
  7. SandalwoodSandalwood is great for reducing depression, tension, fear, and stress and also helps open the spirit.
  8. Ylang ylang. This scent helps calm nervous tension and eases frustration and anger.
  9. Rose. Soothing fear and anxiety, this famous scent also often brings brings happiness to those who smell it.
  10. CypressCypress soothes the nervous system and restores calm when you are feeling anxious.


Everyone has heard about the benefits of nutrition for your physical health, but good nutrition is also important for mental health. Follow these nutrition suggestions for ways to reduce anxiety.

  1. Green tea. Not only is this powerhouse of a drink full of healthy antioxidants, it has also been shown to reduce anxiety. Drink a cup a day for great results.
  2. Avoid caffeineCaffeine replicates the symptoms of anxiety and when paired with a genuinely stressful day, will only make anxiety worse. Skip the coffee and sodas.
  3. Multivitamin. Taking a good-quality multivitamin will help ensure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body in balance, which helps reduce anxiety.
  4. Fish oil. Fish oil has many benefits for the brain and body alike and often helps eliminate depression and anxiety. Some studies have even documented the beneficial effects of fish oil on anxiety.
  5. Mushrooms. The pantothenic acid found in mushrooms is often used in the treatment of anxiety. Give this food a try and see if it reduces your anxiety.
  6. Alcohol only in moderation. While one glass of wine may calm your nerves, too much alcohol actually increases anxiety, so avoid too much alcohol.
  7. Protein. When blood sugar levels fluctuate, you can experience anxiety and jitteriness. Eating protein helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.
  8. Avocado. High in B vitamins and magnesium, this delicious fruit is a great way to combat anxiety through nutrition.
  9. No refined sugar. Refined sugar wrecks havoc on your blood sugar levels, often leading to jittery, anxious feelings. If you are already suffering from anxiety, try natural sweeteners instead.
  10. Turkey. High in tryptophan, which boosts serotonin in the brain, turkey is an excellent way to help elevate mood and reduce anxiety.

Bach Flowers

Dr. Edward Bach developed an alternative healing system based on the essences of specific flowers that are thought to provide physical and mental relief. Give these flower essences a try to ease your anxiety.

  1. Rescue Remedy. With 5 of the 38 Bach Flower Essences in this remedy, it is specially designed to ease anxiety and stress.
  2. Red chestnut. If you spend too much time worrying about the health and safety of loved-ones, try red chestnut essence to help loosen some of that worry.
  3. Cherry plum. Help banish irrational thoughts that can easily feed anxiety with cherry plum essence.
  4. Mustard flower. If depression comes with no reason, try mustard flower essence to ease the sadness and hopelessness.
  5. Cerato. Trusting your own judgment and depending less on what others think are the benefits of this flower essence.
  6. Gorse. Find relief from hopelessness and despair with this flower essence.
  7. Rock water. Unrealistic expectations and giving too much of yourself can result in high levels of anxiety. Rock water essence will help you find a balance.
  8. Impatiens. This flower essence will help ease irritation, frustration, and impatience.
  9. Star of Bethlehem. Useful for easing the effects of shock, even from years past, this flower essence may provide relief.
  10. Mimulus. If you have specific fears you want to ease, try mimulus essence to help with this.

Naturopathic Remedies

Rather than finding the necessary herbs, oils, or other ingredients to make your own remedy, try some of these natural remedies available for purchase.

  1. Chill Pill. With Ashwagandha root extract, chamomile, valerian root, and lots of B vitamins, this vegetarian formula is sure to help you find your calm in a non-addictive way.
  2. Anxiety Relief. This homeopathic medication provides relief from anxiety and panic. The tablets dissolve without water, so you can take them anywhere.
  3. Kalm-Assure. Combining antothenic acid and GABA with herbs like passion flower and chamomile, this remedy seeks to provide relief both immediately and long-term.
  4. Kava Stress Relief Organic Tea. The kava root in this tea will help relax you and the cinnamon will taste delicious.
  5. Calming. Using multiple homeopathic formulas, this medication provides relief from anxiety as well as insomnia.
  6. Tranquilnite Plus. Sometimes anxiety can prevent a good night’s sleep. Try this formula which includes valerian root, chamomile, and lavender to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  7. Dr. Christopher’s Nerve Formula Extract. These herbal extracts work to help heal and strengthen the nervous system, which may help with anxiety.
  8. Calm. This formula is made specifically to ease anxiety and uses GABA, L-Tyrosine, and Motherwort to help you find your calm.
  9. Anxiety Relief. A combination of both tablets and spray, this remedy includes herbs like passionflower and valerian along with vitamins and minerals.
  10. Mood Balance. These tablets contain herbs and vitamins to help sooth your mood and help you find your balance.

Helpful Articles

Read these articles to find suggestions for natural ways to send your stress and anxiety packing.

  1. Anxiety Busting. This article offers great suggestions for nutrition, exercise, and other natural anxiety solutions.
  2. Stress Reducers. Get plenty of tips on ways to reduce stress and help eliminate anxiety in this article.
  3. Ten Ways to Reduce Stress. This article, written by Dr. Andrew Weil, outlines plenty of helpful suggestions for reducing anxiety and stress.
  4. The Connection Between Mind and Body. Find out how the mind can work as a powerful tool in healing. Reduce anxiety and improve your health with the suggestions here.
  5. Anti-Anxiety Diet. Learn how you can change your diet to help reduce anxiety from your life.
  6. Natural Supplements that Reduce Anxiety. Examining three products that can reduce anxiety naturally, this article provides an in-depth look at how they work.
  7. Natural Health Perspectives: Causes & Cures For Anxiety. Written by a naturopathic physician, this article outlines several ways to reduce your anxiety naturally.
  8. How to Make Natural Cures for Anxiety. This brief article offers some sensible suggestions for reducing anxiety.
  9. Thinking Happy Thoughts Helps Reduce Anxiety. Understand how being a positive thinker can change your anxiety levels with this blog post.
  10. Natural Treatments to Relieve Anxiety & OCD. From cognitive therapy to supplements to lifestyle changes, this article offers plenty of great ways to beat anxiety naturally.

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